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Country needs strong, independent judiciary as institution: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday said the country needed a strong and independent judiciary as an institution. Addressing a law conference in Islamabad, he said the rule of law was imperative for a successful democratic system. The information minister said the government believed in strengthening of institutions. He urged the superior judiciary and the Law Commission to evaluate ideas to improve judicial system in Pakistan. Read More: CJP Saqib Nisar says judiciary ‘guardian of…

Pakistan reiterates continued support for independent, sovereign Palestinian State

JERUSALEM: Pakistan will continue to support the establishment of a viable, independent and sovereign State of Palestine and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. This was stated by Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry, while speaking with media in Washington. He condemned the unprovoked violence unleashed by Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinians in Gaza who were peacefully protesting the opening of US Embassy in Al-Quds. The ambassador said Pakistan fully endorsed the communique issued at…

UK’s Johnson asks Suu Kyi for independent probe of Rohingya crisis

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar: Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson stopped off in Myanmar on Sunday to press Aung San Suu Kyi on the need for an independent probe into violence in Rakhine state, as the country faces mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya. Johnson met with the embattled Myanmar leader, whose reputation among the international community has crumbled over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, in the capital Naypyidaw while on a four-day tour in Asia. The meeting…

Three independent games that highlight underrepresented voices win award

Three games won Gaming For Everyone award for 2017 at Independent Games Festival organised by [email protected] in San Francisco. Independent game developers from around the world were gathered at the event to celebrate the talent, beauty, and creativity that exists within the industry. The purpose of holding the Independent Games Festival was to celebrate underrepresented voices, whether these voices are the players, the characters, or the creators themselves. The games that won the award are: We are Chicago by Culture…

Facebook to provide ad data for independent audit

Facebook said it would provide information about ads displayed on its platform for an audit, months after the social network admitted to overstating key ad metrics. The audit by media regulator Media Rating Council (MRC) will likely provide more clarity to advertisers. Facebook said in September that a metric for average user time on videos was artificially inflated as it only counted videos viewed for over three seconds. The company will provide data including exact time in milliseconds that an ad was displayed on…

French cancer specialist Innate Pharma can remain independent, for now: CEO

PARIS: France's Innate Pharma believes that its cash position and portfolio are sufficiently robust for the cancer drug company to remain independent for the time being and will seek co-development deals modeled on an agreement struck with AstraZeneca in April. Innate sees its independence as key to delivering optimum shareholder value in a sector characterized by big-money deals as large drugmakers look to acquire new, effective cancer treatments. In August Pfizer announced the $14 billion purchase of Medivation Inc,…